Alaska International Senior Games
|Although sweltering in the
hottest part of the day, participants in the Alaska International
Senior Games 5-kilometer road run enjoyed a window of opportunity as
the skies were clear of wildfire smoke Wednesday evening. The
81-degree heat didn’t seem to faze 51-year-old Roger Sayre, who easily
ran away with the win in 17:55. The youngest age group allowed in
the Senior Games – ages 50-54 – swept the top three places. David
Withoff, 52, took second in 21:39, while Jane Lanford, 54, the lone
female participant in the race, took third in 22:11. The
venerable Glenn Hackney, 84, was the eldest in the race and finished
with 72-year-old Jim Cavanaugh in 40:14.
Fourteen runners completed the slightly modified Chena River Run course, which included the last 0.4 mile on the dirt path alongside Hoselton Road. George Hoskins, 65, a Floridian working in Fairbanks this summer, opined that the loose dirt was included to make him feel at home, as if on a Florida beach. The race director figured he already had another advantage, being more familiar with running in the heat.
All participants placed within the top three of their respective age groups, and thus everyone went home with a medal. The race director wishes to acknowledge the able assistance of Dorli and Barry McWayne, Jane Parrish, and numerous volunteers from the College Rotary Club who served as course marshals and made certain no runners went astray.